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When Asha Parekh opened up about facing depression: ‘It was a tough and dark phase for me’

Asha Parekh turns 79 at the moment however the diva’s zest for all times hasn’t dimmed. The veteran actor, as soon as referred to as the the ‘Hit Lady’ of Bollywood, has lived by her personal guidelines and sometimes flown within the face of societal norms. On Asha Parekh’s 79th birthday, we revisit considered one of her earlier interviews with indianexpress.com the place she spoke about her love for music and dance in motion pictures, her fixed have to be a powerful and impartial lady and her battle with psychological well being points.

In 2017, when Asha launched her ebook, ‘Asha Parekh: The Hit Lady’, she sat down for a tete-a-tete about her life and occasions. “I used to be a dancer, so it was simple for me to bounce in movies. I had studied Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odisi and Kathakali a lot earlier than I even considered turning into an actor. I miss dancing so much, we don’t dance anymore! I’m certain Waheeda ji and Helen ji additionally miss dance, each time we hear good dance music, I’m certain they have to be really feel like dancing too. Mere haath-per thirakne lagte hai’.”

Asha confessed she doesn’t take pleasure in dance in Hindi motion pictures as of late as a result of it’s westernised. She mentioned, “As we speak dance has westernised a lot. However I take pleasure in watching dance songs in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies, I believe he is likely one of the few filmmakers who tries to get not less than one good music with Indian dance.”

Asha had additionally shared how she doesn’t take pleasure in movie music these days as many of the songs are remixed variations. She had mentioned, “As we speak’s songs have extra beats than music or poetry, I can hardly make any sense of it. I’ve disliked remixed songs from the very starting.”

Asha has danced to a few of the most iconic songs within the golden period of Hindi movies. Sayonara from Love In Tokyo, O Mere Sona Re from Teesri Manzil, Aaja Aaja Fundamental Hoon Pyar Tera and Kaanta Laga are near her coronary heart. When requested which of her music is her absolute favorite, she mentioned, “Which is my favourite music? It is vitally tough to inform you at the moment as a result of there have been such superb songs then, I can’t actually pinpoint one.”

Other than her glamorous movie profession, Asha additionally by no means shied away from speaking about her private life. From speaking about her mom’s function in her life, to speaking about her psychological state, Parekh has been vocal concerning the points at a time when it was thought of a taboo.

About her mom’s function in making Asha what she is at the moment, She had mentioned, “My mom made certain I grew as much as be an impartial, fierce and a courageous lady. She was my spine. She needed me to be a courageous individual. Her sure was sure and her no was a agency no, and I learnt that from her. I might choose my very own scripts, and made my very own guidelines, and that’s as a result of I imbibed these qualities from her, and that’s additionally why I can dwell as independently as I do at the moment.”

Whereas Asha has all the time credited her mom for making her the impartial individual she is at the moment, she additionally shared how her mom tried to get her married at some extent in her life however she refused to tie the knot. “After all each mom want to see her daughter get married, so it wasn’t like she didn’t attempt to get me married. However I don’t suppose I had marriage in my playing cards,” she mentioned.

At a time when folks selected to be mum about psychological well being points, Asha had brazenly spoken about affected by melancholy and having suicidal ideas after she misplaced her mother and father. She had shared, “It was a really unhealthy and darkish part for me. I misplaced my mother and father. I used to be completely alone and I needed to handle every thing. It made me depressed. I used to be feeling depressing and had suicidal ideas. It was a battle, I needed to take support of medical doctors to get out of it.”

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